In 1987, Julie Clark and Linda Goodman opened the doors of the Creative Arts Studio – now known as CAST Preschool. Their vision was to establish a haven where children could truly express their creativity and “celebrate the wonder of childhood.” Today the school has expanded and now hosts a number of Reggio inspired programs including preschool, infant and toddler care, kindergarten readiness, kindergarten, extended care and before and after school programs.
WHAT IS THE “REGGIO” WAY?
Following World War II, the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy decided to create a school for their orphaned children. Today, “Reggio” schools exist worldwide and are claimed to be some of the best preschools in the world. The Reggio philosophy is based on the following principles:
- Each child is viewed as strong, capable and having the capacity to learn
- The role of the teacher is to be a resource and support for the child
- The environment is seen as a third teacher and is set up in purposeful ways to promote learning
- The children’s work is documented, displayed and compiled in a portfolio showing growth and learning over time
CAST Preschool is committed to providing the CAST community with an emotional and physical environment that fosters independence and creativity, and celebrates each person’s unique attributes. We believe we are best motivated by laughter, spontaneity and curiosity. We must model respect for each other and our planet, as well as our inner feelings, visions and goals. We believe praise, encouragement, affection and deep respect for all people shape a community in which we achieve success.
THE CAST ALPHABET
A CAST REGGIO PROJECT
Hatching Monarch Butterflies
As a school, CAST embarked on this Reggio journey! Each of our classrooms received monarch larvae – so tiny we could hardly see them. Just as in the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, our tiny caterpillars ate and ate and ATE… and turned into beautiful BUTTERFLIES!